but over the next year, the agency will test the viability of commercial drones in six pilot areas. teams in 24 states have submitted applications to participate. including adaptive flight in marietta, georgia, which has developed four drone models. eric johnson is the co-founder. he's sympathetic to the challenge the faa faces trying trying to regulate this emerging market. >> when you don't even know how they're going to be operated, what size the vehicles are, what the size will be, what they're doing, it's much more difficult to come with. >> reporter: laura wise the lab chief scientist at the georgia tech research institute says the drone's technology has raised far ahead of current faa oversight. >> it's happening, it's moving forward anyway. i think the companies will line it up. regardless of what happens with the faa decision, things are going to happen. >> reporter: the faa's administrator predicts 7500 drones could be flying in the next five years. mark strassmann, cbs news, atlanta.